Blizzard's Answer To Stereotypical Female Characters

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I don't know where I stand on this new Overwatch character. Fighting "stereotypes" with one of the most overused stereotypes on the planet (female Russian powerlifter) was an odd direction to take. Your thoughts?

They want to see gender diversity, they want to see racial diversity, they want to see diversity along the lines of what country people are from. There is also talk about diversity in different body types in that not everybody wants to have the exact same body type always represented. And we just want you to know that we're listening and we're trying hard and we hope Zarya is a step in the right direction.
 

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All hail our new Overwatch Overlords!

Does this mean Blizzard supports steroid use? :)
 

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I think this was a stab at the PC (politically correct) crowd, since Blizzard is always being criticized for "sexist" female characters. This looks like the "man with boobs" character trope to me, which makes it even better.
 

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And yet they give her molded boob armor. Hell just changing the women to have realistic outfits would be enough for 99% of the Politically Correct crowd.
 

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We don't want games to over accentuate features that females have naturally have... however bring us all the macho beefcake men!
 

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We don't want games to over accentuate features that females have naturally have... however bring us all the macho beefcake men!

The other hilarious thing is all my female gamer friends refuse to play anything but the prettiest,sexiest characters, wearing the skimpiest outfits. Hell one of them paid to faction/race change 4 characters in WoW to make them Blood Elves. Most men don't want to play a game where their character is an average, realistic, fat, ugly, or non manly man. Women are no exception. The industry is giving customers what they want. You need to change the gamer's minds not the developer's.
 
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The other hilarious thing is all my female gamer friends refuse to play anything but the prettiest,sexiest characters, wearing the skimpiest outfits. Hell one of them paid to faction/race change 4 characters in WoW to make them Blood Elves. Most men don't want to play a game where their character is an average, realistic, fat, ugly, or non manly man. Women are no exception. The industry is giving customers what they want. You need to change the gamer's minds not the developer's.

I agree. Most of the women that I know who play games, pick fairly sexy characters as well. I actually play with quite a few female characters myself, in many games. My wife like me to make them look like her. :D Which is fine by me. :)
 

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And yet they give her molded boob armor. Hell just changing the women to have realistic outfits would be enough for 99% of the Politically Correct crowd.

The people that actually buy these games don't want that.
 

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Def thinking Pvt. Vasquez from Aliens. She was awesome.

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The only thing that bothers me about the actual character is that the character seems kind of boring and needs more personality, and I thought they already filled the class with the big shield Reinhardt and the big melee abuser Gorilla. The few women that will end up playing the game though aren't likely to fantasize about themselves being a bulldyke and will pick a different character, even if the loud feminists with the bullhorn scream at them and tell them that's empowering.

But what does bother me is the fact that Blizzard thinks it needs to please the loud feminists to even give them lip-service, otherwise the game will get bad reviews in the gamergate media outlets by people like Leigh Alexander who admit that they use their platform to promote leftists social engineering (basically politicizing game reviews, instead of just focusing on whether the game is fun or not), and that affects sales. Its already bad enough that I can't trust any movie reviews because of that shift that already happened, where movies like Birdman win countless awards with unflinchingly positive reviews while American Sniper I just kept reading about how its a stupid boring propaganda film... so what did I do? I watched Birdman first and had to walk out of the theater it was so weird, boring, and pretentious, then saw American Sniper and was blown away. Ugh...
 

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So in America she will be a Lesbian. In Russia she'll be from the former Soviet Swim Team. And in the Middle East she will be a Lesbian Hunter?

How do you possibly placate global diversity. There's an Aesop's about what they are doing and if there's an Aesop's about it, you're pretty much screwing up before you start.
 

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It will be some form of *phobe action to use representations/models (humanoid or not) in anything that implies or infers any sort of human-based gender vector soon enough.

The solution? Go back to board games. :D
 

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They should just hire Anita to direct character genders and sexes and modeling direction.
 

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This game looks like a modern TF2, all I want is a modern Diablo 2 LOD.

All I want is a modern WarCraft II. Best of the series IMO. They should have given it the SC2 treatment instead of adding heroes for War3 (It was an okay game).
 

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And yet they give her molded boob armor. Hell just changing the women to have realistic outfits would be enough for 99% of the Politically Correct crowd.

The U.S. army is close to deploying molded female armor. That boob armor is going to be standard issue soon.
 
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"stereotyping"

"Female russian power lifter"

Like the russian bear-lady isn't a sterotype.
 

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So in America she will be a Lesbian. In Russia she'll be from the former Soviet Swim Team. And in the Middle East she will be a Lesbian Hunter?

How do you possibly placate global diversity. There's an Aesop's about what they are doing and if there's an Aesop's about it, you're pretty much screwing up before you start.

No, in the Middle East the woman's face will be covered with a veil, then she'll be raped and later stoned for being raped. After winning the match.
 

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I love me some snoo-snoo action (Alpha Protocol did it first...), but the second Blizzard introduces a pansexual transgendered otherkin who identifies as a dragon-unicorn hybrid asexual with rainbow hair and has a special attack called "triggering" that simultaneously drops all male and female characters from the game who dont live in the Bay Area while burning "misogyny" onto your screen, I'm out.
 

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I love me some snoo-snoo action (Alpha Protocol did it first...), but the second Blizzard introduces a pansexual transgendered otherkin who identifies as a dragon-unicorn hybrid asexual with rainbow hair and has a special attack called "triggering" that simultaneously drops all male and female characters from the game who dont live in the Bay Area while burning "misogyny" onto your screen, I'm out.

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Man, don't formally document anything. They'll take that and run with it!
 

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Stereotyping Russian women is not a big deal, turn that globe on your desk to Thailand....


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All I see is the WoW engine used to make an FPS game. A shitty FPS game that I have no interest in playing whatsoever. /yawn
 

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Даже вы поднять?
 

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Holy dickbreaker Batman! Femanazi's rejoice!

Like somebody prior alluded to, someone along the lines of Vasquez from aliens would be more appropriate. She kicks ass, looks normal and it's hard not to respect her. I wish there were more Vasquez styled characters in film and gaming.

There's only one Vasquez though.:cool:
 

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There's only one Vasquez though.:cool:
Its actually been done quite a bit, there was the female Schwarzenegger, Cory Everson, who was Ms Olympia several times and was always showing up in movies and TV... unfortunately, just like Arnold she couldn't act and wasn't as physically impressive as Arnold when it came to brute strength look... it was like Mt Dew vs Diet Mt Dew. Then there was Chyna and Brigitte Nielsen and a bunch of others during the same era as the peak of the WWF with Hulk Hogan and crew...

But when they started the big movement to make steroids and hormone supplementation a negative, these women that were obviously taking them to get so muscular were kind of shunned accordingly. If you look at women's fitness competitions, that's really as big as women get until they start messing with hormones and steroids.
 
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